Is Sincerity Always Enough? Romantic Trends in Taiwanese dramas

I want to talk to you today about two conflicting yet linked concepts in Taiwanese romance shows: sincerity and competition. Now you may be asking yourselves, what do these two things have in common? Well, before talking about their similarities, let me first define them. Let’s start with concept #1: sincerity. After watching countless US shows and many Taiwanese dramas, I’ve noticed a distinct feature … Continue reading Is Sincerity Always Enough? Romantic Trends in Taiwanese dramas

Absolute Boyfriend: Falling in love outside your sexual orientation

So, this is Part 3 of my international show review. As I mentioned before, I’ve gotten into an interesting habit lately of watching Asian dramas (To view my other articles, click here and here). Now I know it may seem a bit random, but my thirst for TV shows has led me overseas. Quite frankly, I was suffering from the mid-season hiatus and I wanted … Continue reading Absolute Boyfriend: Falling in love outside your sexual orientation

It’s Not You, It’s Men: Gender roles in relationships

Recently, the OWN channel released the news that it would not be renewing the show, It’s Not You, It’s Men, for a second season (Clutch, 2016). The primetime talk show was hosted by actor/singer Tyrese and rapper/reality star Rev Run. The male hosts attempted to explore the reason behind women’s (particularly Black women’s) unsatisfactory love and sex lives. By looking at just the title, one … Continue reading It’s Not You, It’s Men: Gender roles in relationships

Big Brother 18: Negotiating Consent and Boundaries within a Reality Show

This season of CBS’ Big Brother is full of new game twists, rioting teams, and returning contestants. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Big Brother is a reality game show in which a group of people live together in a secluded house away from the world and the media. Each week, they have to compete to win the power to avoid and/or nominate people … Continue reading Big Brother 18: Negotiating Consent and Boundaries within a Reality Show

Disney vs. Nickelodeon: The Kissing Rule

When it comes to kid’s shows, Disney and Nickelodeon dominate the stage. These two networks together have produced some of the most memorable and greatest children’s shows of all time. Even though they are both in the children’s market, they are in many ways very different from one another. One of the most notable ways is in their depiction of romance and dating. From Nickelodeon, … Continue reading Disney vs. Nickelodeon: The Kissing Rule

Love Buffet: An application of Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of love*

I’m becoming a big fan of international shows. They offer a different and refreshing perspective on love and intimacy. Lately, I got into a string of Taiwanese dramas that got me thinking about the ways that we as Americans think about and express our romantic feelings. Taiwanese dramas have many things in common with American dramedies. Many of them have male and female leads who … Continue reading Love Buffet: An application of Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of love*

State Farm Commercial: I’m Never Letting Go

Commercials are great.  I see tons of them every day, and none are funnier than the auto insurance commercials that I love so much. But for some reason, a recent commercial by State Farm has really caught my attention. You may have seen it: it starts off with a single man who claims that he will never get married, never have kids, and never move … Continue reading State Farm Commercial: I’m Never Letting Go